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    Todd McCarthy's 1st Cannes

    Earlier this year, shortly after it was announced that veteran film critic Todd McCarthy had joined indieWIRE's blog network, the longtime film critic did something he's quite familiar with. He jetted off to Cannes Film Festival, an event he has a long history with.

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    Small Screen | Sweden's "Dragon Tattoo," Ford's "Single Man," Two TV Docs Head to Africa & More

    As Steig Larsson's Millenium trilogy is shaping up to be this summer's essential beach read, one need not get the pages of your paperback wet on rainier days; the first of the series' films, Niels Arden Oplev's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (criticWIRE rating: B) is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Just as the second film is slated to hit U.S. theaters, one can revisit the epic whodunnit, with the crime-solving duo of a cyberpunk and a straight-laced journalist, at home. The New Yorker's Anthony Lane has nothing but kind words for the film's director and his ability to craft a capable thriller: "There is no doubting the cunning of ...

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    Outfest 4 in Focus: "Open" Director Jake Yuzna On His Queer Aesthetic

    With the distinction of being the only American film to win the feature film Teddy and an acting award for star Morty Diamond at this year's Newfest, "Open" compels wherever it plays. Says Outfest, "First-time feature director Jake Yuzna presents a beautifully shot, intense film that blurs the borders of gender and sexuality. As transwomen, Gene and Jay - inspired by artist Breyer P. Orridge (of Psychic TV fame) - alter their bodies to become a single Pandrogynous being. Syd, a young gay transman, deals with dating cisgender hipster Nick. OPEN is an uncommonly human and yet equally esoteric portrait of transgender men and women and the compl...

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    Outfest 4 in Focus: Myriam Aziza Uses "The Evening Dress" to Live Out School Daydreams

    Myriam Aziza uses personal experiences to inform her widely admired debut feature, "The Evening Dress" ("La Robe du Soir"). "Like many of her male classmates, 12-year-old tomboy Juliette has a crush on Mrs. Solenska, a teacher distinguished by stylish attire and an uninhibited, provocative classroo...

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    The Films Of Bill Murray: A Retrospective

    Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Sofia Coppola, Tim Burton — those are the names that have guided Bill Murray through phase two of the actor's long career and it's often easy to forget that this is guy who shot to fame going full retard in "Caddyshack." Truthfully, Murray's career from day one has been w...

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    Moscow's 2010 International Film Festival Breaks Down Borders

    The 32nd Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) wrapped up last week, attracting throngs of movie-loving Muscovites to theatres around the sprawling city to take in a sampling of the ambitious cinematic feast on offer. Dispel any pre-conceived notions you might have about the festival or eve...

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    FUTURES | Edinburgh "Star" Hattie Dalton

    "We really only completed the film a couple of days before we found out we were closing Edinburgh," "Third Star" director Hattie Dalton told indieWIRE days before her film debuted at the Scottish film festival. "So we literally had just finished the mix and everything, and I was in this stage of sti...

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    Interview | Pop Art: Lisa Cholodenko Aims for the Mainstream with "The Kids Are All Right"

    Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- while all three appear to lesser and greater degrees in the work of indie auteur Lisa Cholondenko, what's always constant is a keen insight into the complexity and fragility of our closest relationships. From her breakout debut "High Art" (1998), a dance of seduction and power between two women, to "Laurel Canyon" (2002), which dissects varying familial and sexual triangles, to this year's Sundance hit "The Kids Are All Right," in which lesbian moms struggle to keep their family intact, Cholodenko's characters express profound multi-dimensional lives with a single gaze. (Said Cholodenko's longtime producer Jeff...

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    iW's Guide to July Fests: Galway, Outfest, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Sarajevo, SF Jewish, & More

    Six of indieWIRE's 50 film festivals make their debut this July. Among the list of festivals are Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Galway in Ireland, Sarajevo in Bosnia and the Melbourne Film Festival down under. Stateside, check out Stony Brook in New York, Outfest in L.A. and Michael Moore's Tra...

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    Small Screen | Varda's POV, Haneke's B&W, Criterion's Two, and More on Your TV

    This week on the telly, PBS's POV series brings the reigning queen of documentary film to the small screen.  Agnès Varda's "The Beaches of Agnès" (criticWIRE rating: A-) makes its debut on PBS tonight.  On this site, Michael Koresky noted, "For all its whimsy (some forced, some elegant, all winning), 'The Beaches of Agnes' will probably be most fondly remembered for its director’s candid remembrances of her late husband, that creator of timeless cinematic valentines Jacques Demy...It’s doubtful that any other living French New Wave master (Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol) would make such an unabashedly nostalgic trip to their ...

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